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Ernest D. May

Professor; Music History, Organ

Ernest D. May, music history, organ performance

(413) 575-6232

170 Fine Arts Center

Ernest D. May is Professor Emeritus of Musicology and Organ. He is co-editor of J. S. Bach as Organist: His Instruments, Music and Performance Practices (Bloomington, 1986) and editor of BWV 113 in Johann Sebastian Bach: Neue Ausgabe Sämtliche Werke (vol. I/20). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Bach Perspectives 2, The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, the Bach Jahrbuch, and the Festschrift for Arthur Mendel. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation. At UMass Amherst, he served twelve years as department chair (1988-2000) and fifteen years as head of the Faculty Senate (2000-2015). Former Director of Music at South Congregational Church, Springfield, MA (1984-2006), he also served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music (1994-2000) and as President of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society (1988-1990). His degrees are from Harvard (AB) and Princeton (MFA, PhD), with additional studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and André Marchal.